Category Archives: Owner Stories

A CORPORATE PROFESSIONAL’S LOVE OF SAILING ON HANSE 385

City dweller and corporate professional, Matt Farr is one motivated Hanse owner with a strong desire to get out there and sail – cruising and competitive racing. As a busy professional Matt has strategically organised his life to include his love of sailing on his first yacht, Hanse 385 ‘Lorelei’. He says, ‘I’ve made sure …

SOCIAL RACING AND CRUISING AND WHY WOMEN LOVE IT

Did you know that women are the fastest-growing demographic in the sailing world today?     The professional sailing scene is brimming with successful, highly regarded females who are making their mark on the international circuit.  And their highly publicised presence is attracting more dynamic women into the sport every year. Yet there is another …

AN INTERNATIONAL BOATING LIFESTYLE WITH A HANSE

  Why not take delivery of a new Hanse in Europe and experience the thrill of an international boating lifestyle.   Sail the magnificent waterways and explore the islands and coastal towns of the Adriatic, a stepping-stone to other popular destinations in the Mediterranean and beyond.   Windcraft have the experience, the knowledge and the …

HANSE 415 – CRUISING THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Part 1 of 2: Jeremy and Anne Thatcher from New Zealand are poised, ready to embrace the cruising lifestyle with the Pacific Circuit Rally. After 18 months of preparation and planning, their Hanse 415 ‘Athair’ is in prime condition for their first extended ocean voyage to the beautiful Pacific Islands.     The couple joined …

Dehler 42C – A Trilogy of Owners

They say good things come in threes and the new Dehler 42C aptly named ‘Trilogy’, the third boat of three owners, is no exception.   This sailing mad, trio from Melbourne purchased a Hanse 355 seven years ago.  Part owner, Peter Fitzgerald says, ‘we loved our Hanse, but we got the seven-year itch and started …

Hanse 385 Mell Bass Strait Circumnavigation

First time Hanse owners Joan and Adrian MacQuarrie were a little apprehensive when they chose the notorious Bass Strait for their maiden voyage at sea but it wasn’t what they expected.     The legendary hazardous seas and strong winds were nowhere to be seen. Instead, they were greeted by calm waters and light breezes which made for …

Athair Adventurers

OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS TAKE TO THE OCEAN ON A HANSE Jeremy and Anne Thatcher’s 415 ‘Athair’, has become a central part of their active and adventurous lifestyle. After meeting in Las Vegas while mountain biking, US born Anne moved to Jeremy’s homeland of New Zealand, the perfect country to pursue a shared love of the outdoors …

THE HANSE 385 – A PERFECT FIT FOR SAILING CONDITIONS IN NEW ZEALAND

Nicki Jenkins and Paul Skelton saw the Hanse 385 at Windcraft in Auckland and instantly fell in love with her. Since taking ownership she has exceeded expectations and proven her strength and reliability in all conditions from the challenges of Cook Straight to competitive racing from Waikawa Bay, in the Marlborough Sound South Island NZ. …

A FAMILY AFFAIR WITH SAILING

‘Audacious’ by name, this Hanse 370 loving family are also audacious by nature. Kirk, Melissa, and Gemma Watson have put themselves through their yachting paces over the years conquering challenging and changing priorities along the way. Kirk has spent most of his life in and around boats. Growing up on Scotland Island he went to …

The European Handover Checks & Special Equipment

  Fil, El and Aiden have begun their round the world adventure on new Hanse 455, ‘Tranquilo’.  However, before they set off they shared an insight into the handover process with Windcraft representative Tom Barker in Episode Three of their video series. They also took Tranquilo for her first test sail and tested the energy generator.   How do …

Buying a Yacht to Charter is All About Seizing the Moment

  Winter in the Whitsundays, Summer in Sydney…sounds like a dream doesn’t it? But for Hanse 415 owner, Ross Smith he’s living that dream and sooner than he thought. He believes it’s all about seizing the moment…   And it all started unexpectedly while he was out to dinner in Darling Harbour…   We caught …